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Le Gondole - Tortuga

Venezia, Venezia

Shopping and Dining: Five dining options are found next door at the Hilton Hotel. Along the boardwalk 70 yards away is Harry's Dolci - the bistro affiliated with the Hotel Cipriani and one of the best restaurants in Venice. Within 250 yards are three osterie with tables along the canal, a small supermarket, a bakery, fish market, salumeria, butcher, cafe bar/gelateria, small pharmacy, ATM and a tobacco shop that sells vaporetto tickets. Within a 5 minute vaporetto ride across the canal is the Zattere boardwalk with a variety of shopping and dining options.

Not To Be Missed:
Along the Rio San Trovaso, near the church of San Trovaso in the Dorsoduro area, is one of the few surviving workshops called Squero di San Trovaso where gondolas are made by hand.

The Accademia Gallery - the mother of all Venetian galleries covering the 13-18th century school of Venetian painting. Also, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection - the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century.

Take the vaporetto (water ferry) to the island of Murano, 25 minutes travel time, and visit the Museum of Glassmaking in Palazzo Giustinian featuring glassworks from the 15th-18th century. Closed on Wednesdays.

Public Transportation: The Palanca ferry stop is 200 yards away with service to the Santa Lucia train station, Piazzale Roma, Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and seasonal service to the Lido along one line and Murano along another. Piazzale Roma for those arriving by car is a 25 minute ferry ride away. Free shuttle service runs every 20 minutes from 8am to midnight and has two stops: crossing the canal to Zattere (Dorsoduro area) in 5 minutes and Piazza San Marco in 10 minutes.

Open Air Markets: Near the Accademia ferry stop are early morning fresh fish and vegetable stands. The Rialto bridge has a daily outdoor market, with the exception of Sundays.

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